Nat King Cu Continues To Impress
By: Simon Dinopoulos
Whilst torrential rain deterred most from attending Thoroughbred Park last Friday Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive was overjoyed to see progressive galloper Nat King Cu continue to live up to his high expectations.
Sent out the well supported $1.80 favourite after his solid maiden victory two starts back, Nat King Cu proceeded to dominate his rivals scoring by four lengths in the testing wet conditions.
"You always have a bit of a question mark on them when you send them out in the rain, but he proved very professional and the conditions didn't seem to worry him at all," Olive said.
"I've got a big opinion of this horse, I really think he's a serious race horse in the making.
"It's probably the most excited I've been about a horse in a long time."
After defeating the highly touted Casino Swoop when resuming two starts back, Olive now hopes to step the progressive galloper up in distance with a possible trip to Sydney well on the cards.
"I think the maiden he won two starts back is definitely going to prove to be a very good form race," Olive said.
"He's pulled up really well since last Friday's run and I've nominated him to run at Warwick Farm next Wednesday.
"I'll wait to see how he works on Saturday morning before I decided whether to go there or not.
"If he doesn't run at Warwick Farm on Wednesday he'll likely go to Albury Monday week in a Class two handicap."
Olive was also happy to report that stable star Zaratone is close to a return and will have a jump out next Wednesday.
"He'll have a jump out next Wednesday and then he'll go to Randwick on the 20th of October to run in the Lightning over 1100m," Olive said.
"If he performs well there then we'll look to take him down to Melbourne on Cup day, I think it will suit him racing down the straight.
"If he can get things run to suit he can prove very competitive in whatever race we decide to put him in."